Ponte Vecchio, a beautiful centuries-old bridge over the Arno River in the Italian city of Florence, is best seen on foot. Large numbers of tourists regularly flock to the pedestrian structure to see the ancient stonework.
In particular, a drive across it can cost upwards of $540, as one California tourist discovered this week.
An unnamed 34-year-old man was fined 500 euros on Thursday morning after he crossed a bridge in a white rental Fiat Panda car and drove without an international driving license, according to a statement from the city of Florence. press office.
He told police he was looking for a parking lot and didn’t realize he was on a famous medieval bridge, according to a statement.
The Ponte Vecchio is surrounded, lined with shops and usually pedestrianized.
Crossing the narrowest part of the Arno River, the 30-meter (98-foot) long landmark connects Palazzo Pitti with Piazza Repubblica. The original bridge was started in his 996 and completed in 1345. It was washed away by floods and rebuilt several times.
It is the only bridge in Florence not to have been bombed by the Germans during World War II. There is also the Vasari Corridor, the first passageway used by Duke Cosimo his I between the Pitti and Palazzo Vecchio.
According to the city’s budget, the city has allocated 2 million euros for a major renovation project.
Fiat Panda drivers aren’t the only tourists causing trouble for taking wrong turns at famous Italian landmarks.
Last May, a Saudi man was arrested while attempting to leave Italy after driving a rented Maserati sports car down Rome’s Spanish Steps and fleeing the scene after his car got stuck on the way. , was charged with exacerbated damage to cultural sites and monuments.
Above: Ponte Vecchio in Florence (Marta Carenzi/Mondadori Portfolio/Getty Images)
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